"He made a choice and we're all living with it”, Arians said via www.seattletimes.com in his first public comments since the suspension was announced last week.
Washington said the suspension was for marijuana. The TCU product, now 27 years of age, was also suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Washington also faces additional potential punishment from the NFL after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
The loss of Washington to an up-and-coming Red Birds defensive unit leaves Arizona without two of its best linebackers from the 2013 season – Washington and Karlos Dansby, who signed a four-year free agent contract in March with the Cleveland Browns.
Kevin Minter, a second round draft choice in 2013, is expected to take Dansby's place. Linebacker Larry Foote is a candidate to fill the void left by Washington.
The Cardinals also had free agent linebacker Ernie Sims in for a visit last week. The 29-year-old Sims played the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cards signed him to a one-year pact yesterday.
Arizona's linebacking corps was a real strength last season.
Now it's a huge question mark in 2014.
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